Faith, Hope and Rice

Private Fred Cox's Account of Captivity and the Death Railway

Ellie Taylor

Fred Cox, a young soldier in the East Surrey Regiment, was taken prisoner by the Japanese at the fall of Singapore in February 1942. The next three and a half years were spent in a series of POW camps, notably in Thailand working on the aptly named Death Railway. Fortunately he was not one of the 12,000 Allied prisoners who perished as a result o
Date Published :
October 2015
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Illustration :
b&w plates
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781473857889
Pages : 176
Dimensions : 9.21 X 6.14 inches
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$39.95

Overview
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Fred Cox, a young soldier in the East Surrey Regiment, was taken prisoner by the Japanese at the fall of Singapore in February 1942. The next three and a half years were spent in a series of POW camps, notably in Thailand working on the aptly named Death Railway. Fortunately he was not one of the 12,000 Allied prisoners who perished as a result of extreme maltreatment, starvation or disease, but Fred’s health, both physical and psychiatric, was seriously affected.

After liberation, whilst in hospital in Ceylon, Fred was nursed by Joan whom he married. Advised by the doctors to talk about his horrific experiences, he and Joan spent the winter of 1946 – 1947 getting his story down on paper. Seventy years on, sadly after his death, Faith, Hope and Rice, (which were what sustained Fred through his ordeal) can be shared with a wider audience. Readers cannot fail to be moved by the author’s and his comrades’ inspiring courage and resilience in the face of extreme adversity and ever present death.

About The Author
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Ellie Taylor, who is the daughter of Fred Cox,a former Prisoner of the Japanese, was born in Buckinghamshire in 1952. She has a degree in sociology and psychology with the Open University and works as a voluntary counsellor with vulnerable adults.She edited Faith, Hope and Rice, her Father’s Second World War POW memoirs, which is published by Pen and Sword Books.Married and living in Staffordshire she has two daughters and six grandchildren.

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